Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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Flawed assumption ...
by Darius on Fri 17th Dec 2004 19:16 UTC

People approach me regularly on the subject of open source . Unfortunately, many of them tend to engage in polemics concerning the relative strengths of their preferred monopolistic software package versus whatever parallel open-source alternative happens to be in the press at the moment.
It isn't about whether the current version of Bloatware XP has more features than RedHat 9. It isn't about whether IE is more or less secure than Firefox. While those issues are certainly relevant and timely, they miss the bigger picture: It's about the community, not about the software.

The author unfortunately has the flawed assumption that most people would ever give a shit about a community of dedicated software developers who are building inferior apps. Now, I'm not saying all their apps are inferior, but saying that this doesn't matters is simply the furthest thing from the truth - it is the only thing that matters. The reason why most people approach the author about the merits of software xyz is because most people see their computers as a tool to get work done as opposed to a religion. I don't have time to be an idealist, spending all my time trying to champion some half-assed app that's currently alpha-quality at Sourceforge.
So you can have your religion or do whatever it is you do in order to motivate your self to build open source software. But if you want my attention and support, then build me apps that are better (as in, helps me get my work done faster and more effeciently) than the ones I'm currently using. Other than that, you can babble on all you want to about politics, religion, and community, but you'll get nowhere that way.